With a critic’s score of 100% and an audience score of 84% on Rotten Tomatoes, how could we pass up a chance to watch The Young Offenders, set in Cork, Ireland. Here’s a brief summary of the movie:
Inspired by the true story of Ireland’s biggest cocaine seizure in 2007, The Young Offenders is a comedy road movie about best friends Conor and Jock, two inner-city teenagers from Cork who dress the same, act the same, and even have the same bum-fluff mustaches. Jock is a legendary bike thief who plays a daily game of cat-and-mouse with the bike-theft-obsessed Garda Sergeant Healy. When a drug-trafficking boat capsizes off the coast of West Cork and 61 bales of cocaine, each worth 7 million euro, are seized, word gets out that there is a bale missing. The boys steal two bikes and go on a road trip hoping to find a missing bale which they can sell so as to escape their troubled home lives….But Sergeant Healy is in hot pursuit.
We were not disappointed. The movie was both touching and humorous, a potent combination. The movie is currently streaming on Netflix. The movie was successful enough to lead to a TV series, of which there are currently two seasons. Here is the trailer for the movie:
This is the second delightful movie we’ve watched during our stay-at-home adventure that was set in Ireland. The first was Sing Street, which we found using Amazon’s “Customers who watched this also watched this” feature by typing in the movie “Begin Again”, one of my all-time favorite movies. Here’s a brief summary of the movie:
From director John Carney (ONCE, BEGIN AGAIN), SING STREET takes us back to 1980s Dublin seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy named Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) who is looking for a break from a home strained by his parents’ relationship and money troubles, while trying to adjust to his new inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious, über-cool and beautiful Raphina (Lucy Boynton), and with the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band’s music videos. There’s only one problem: he’s not part of a band…yet. She agrees, and now Conor must deliver what he’s promised – calling himself “Cosmo” and immersing himself in the vibrant rock music trends of the decade, he forms a band with a few lads, and the group pours their heart into writing lyrics and shooting videos. Inspired by writer/director John Carney’s life and love for music, SING STREET shows us a world where music has the power to take us away from the turmoil of everyday life and transform us into something greater.
With a critic’s score of 95% and an audience score of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, along with it being set in Dublin and having the same director as Begin Again and Once (another great movie), the movie lived up to the high expectations I had for it. Score one for Amazon’s algorithm.
Here is the trailer for Sing Street:
There have been some great movies to come out of Ireland over the years – I might need to compile all of them into a more comprehensive blog post at some point, mainly for my own reference.
Erin go Bragh!
*image from Screen Daily